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are talking about with our feedback and participation that is important to us not everyone takes this so be proud of taking ann >> i have 2 job titles. i'm manager of the tour program as well as i am the historyian of city hall. this building is multifaceted to say the very least it's a municipal building that operates the city and county of san francisco. this building was a dream that became a reality of a man by the name of james junior elected mayor of san francisco in 1912. he didn't have a city hall
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because it was destroyed in the earth wake of 1906. construction began in april of 1913. in december 1915, the building was complete. it opened it's doors in january 1916. >> it's a wonderful experience to come to a building built like this. the building is built as a palace. not for a king or queen. it's built for all people. this building is beautiful art. those are architecture at the time when city hall was built, san francisco had an enormous french population. therefore building a palace in the art tradition is not unusual.
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>> jimmie was an incredible individual he knew that san francisco had to regain it's place in the world. he decided to have the tallest dome built in the united states. it's now stands 307 feet 6 inches from the ground 40 feet taller than the united states capital. >> you could spend days going around the building and finding something new. the embellishment, the carvings, it represents commerce, navigation, all of the things that san francisco is famous for. >> the wood you see in the board of supervisor's chambers
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is oak and all hand carved on site. interesting thing about the oak is there isn't anymore in the entire world. the floors in china was cleard and never replanted. if you look up at the seceiling you would believe that's hand kof carved out of wood and it is a cast plaster sealing and the only spanish design in an arts building. there are no records about how many people worked on this building. the workman who worked on this building did not all speak the same language. and what happened was the person working next to the other person
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respected a skill a skill that was so wonderful that we have this masterpiece to show the world today.> >> good afternoon. today is october 15, 2015. welcome to the public safety and neighborhood services committee of the city of san francisco board of supervisors. my name is john avalos and i am chairing this committee today in place of supervisor eric mar. supervisor david campos is not here today either. today's committee member is julie christensen who is committee member this year. our clerk of the board is mr. evans.
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please share your announcements. city clerk: please silence all cell phones and devices. items acted upon today will appear on the agenda unless otherwise stated. >>supervisor john avalos: i would like a motion to excuse supervisor mar and campos. item no. 1, please. city clerk: [liquor license - 745 o'farrell street] hearing to consider that the issuance of a type 42 on-sale beer and wine public premises license to cuong thanh tran for key tran, inc., dba king kong bida, located at 745 o'farrell street (district 6) city clerk: [liquor license - 745 o'farrell street] hearing to consider that the issuance of a type 42 on-sale beer and wine public premises license to cuong thanh tran for key tran, inc., dba king kong bida, located at 745 o'farrell street (district
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city clerk: [liquor license - 745 o'farrell street] hearing to consider that the issuance of a type 42 on-sale beer and wine public premises license to cuong thanh tran for key tran, inc., dba king kong bida, located at 745 o'farrell street (district 6) >> 1234 #568s >>supervisor john avalos: very good. thank you. >> good afternoon. from the san francisco p.d.. you have a report for -- they have applied for a type 42 license and if approved this will allow them to sell on sale beer and wine. there are zero letters of protest. two letters of support. they are located in plot 548 which is considered a high crime area. they are in census attract 12201 which is a high saturation area. tenderloin station has no opposition. alu approves this license with the following recommended conditions. no. 1, sales service in conjunction with sale from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. no. 2, the sales of alcohol beverages for off sale is strictly prohibited. no. 2, the petitioner shall
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provide sufficient security personnel who should be identifiable and security personnel to facilitate the orderly conduct of patrons each day of the week until 1/2 hour passed the cessation of sale service ands consumption of alcohol beverages. no. 4, no noise should be in the audible area in the ac 257 form. no. 5, the petitioner shall be responsible of the adjacent area which they have control. no. 6, loitering to stand idly about without lawful business. it's prohibited on any sidewalk or property adjacent to the licensed premise under the control of the licensee. no. 7, graffiti shall be removed from the premise and all parking lot
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under the control of the licensee within 72 hours of application. if it occurs on friday or weekend day or on a holiday, licensee shall remove the graffiti within 72 hours following the beginning of the next weekday. no. 8, the anterior lighting maintained there on shall be sufficient to make easily discernable appearance and conduct of all persons and patrons where the portion where alcohol beverages are sold, delivered or consumed. no. 9, the exterior of the property shall be including lighting and not include any neighboring
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residence. petitioner shall not make changes to the premise without prior written approval from the department. >>supervisor john avalos: great. thank you, sergeant george. there were two letters of support in the packet from neighbors to the establishment. so i feel there has been sufficient work on this from the department. so at this point, i would like to go to public comment. any member would like to comment on item no. 1 related to 745 o'farrell street for a liquor license. please come forward. are you the project sponsor? >> yes. >> please come forward. >> i'm the executive director
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of the tenderloin economic development department and we thank the board of supervisors as well as the police department for supporting this. the vietnamese community was dumped into tenderloin in the 70s and 80s and 90s and there hasn't been any space for the neighborhood men to go and convene. it's really important that this space provides a community space for a lot of the vietnamese men who have families in the neighborhood to go out and have a place where they can enjoy space together. he has been living in the tenderloin since '95 and has had a business there since then. because of the lack of training opportunities in the neighborhood a lot of residents in the neighborhood were forced to open their own small businesses. his business is his only livelihood for his family since he doesn't have any
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other training opportunities to advance. >> thank you. and you have been in established business for how many years already? >> since 1996. >> it's been a while and it has been a part of the community that a lot of people are already currently using and coming to? >> yes, sir. i have a lot of people from the neighborhood. they come and like to hang around after people get off work at 4:00 and they come to my store to hang out for a couple hours and go back home. >> okay, thank you. supervisor christensen. >>supervisor julie christensen: i have a question to that. is this related to off site sale? >> no. on-site only. >> thank you. any other members of the public? is
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there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. okay. that is approved and i will take that without objection. next item, please. >>clerk, please : city clerk: [liquor license transfer - 415 sansome street, suite c] hearing to consider that the transfer of a type 42 on-sale beer and wine public premises license from 620 post street to 415 sansome street, suite c (district 3), to sarah trubnick, for trubnick johnson jones, lcc, dba barrel room, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of city clerk: sf 21234 >>supervisor john avalos: okay. sergeant george? >> yes. good afternoon supervisors you have before you a report for the barrel room at 415 sansome street. they have applied for a liquor license. there are no letters of protest. no letters of support. they are located in a 150 which is considered high crime. they are in census tract which
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is considered a high saturation area. it has no opposition. alu approves the following license with recommended conditions of 1 sales service and consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily. >> okay. thank you. that's less of a mouthful than the last one. >> yes. >> is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed.. supervisor christensen? >>supervisor julie christensen: my understanding is that my staff has looked at this and found no objections and we move to approve. >> okay. we'll take that without objection. no. 3. please. city clerk: [liquor license transfer - 130 clement street]
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hearing to consider that the transfer of a type 20 off-sale beer and wine license from 559 hayes street to 130 clement street (district 1), to tanya booth, for spanish table california, llc, dba the spanish table, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of san francisco. city clerk: sf 31234 >> good afternoon, supervisors. nelly gordon with the san francisco p.d.. you have a report for the spanish cable located at 130 clemente street. if approved they would be allowed to sell beer and wine. there are no letters of protest, no letters of support. they are located in plot 3 which is not considered a high crime area. they are located in census attract 0401 which is considered undue concentration. richmond station has no opposition. the alu approves with the following
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recommended conditions. sale of alcoholic beverages from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. powder alcohol and non-liquid base product is prohibited. no more than 400 square footage for alcoholic beverages and 32 ounces and 40 ounces containers is prohibited. prepackaged sale with the exception of wine coolers, beer cool ers which must be sold in manufactures prepackaged of four or more. no wine content shall be sold except for dinner wines which has been aged 2 years or more and maintained in corked
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bottles. lastly wine shall not be sold in bottles or containers to more than 75 milliliters. >>supervisor julie christensen: i think this has come up before. i can't recall what the answer was. the corked bottles limitations. certainly ages wines are appearing now in bottles with different types of closure. do we retain the corked bottle. does that literally mean a corked. my husband bought wine without a cork the other day. >> so capped wine is not allowed? >> that is correct.
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>> could you tell me why that exist? >> i don't have an answer for that. i can get it to you later. >> if we approve this license with that type of limitation, what's the process for going back and expanding that to include screw top aged wines? >> if that is something that is going to be allowed the applicant can apply for a modification to change that condition. >> all right. i guess we'll hear from the applicant and see if that's an issue. i was just curious. it seems for like ecology that we have moved on from that. it may be from a prior time. >>supervisor john avalos: i think it's an interesting question. i can't tell you how many times i have found a bottle searching for a screw top. why don't we hear from the project sponsor.
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maybe the project sponsor might have information about that. >> i might be able to answer that. i'm andy booth. one of the things to answer that. the limitation was on 15% or more which really isn't an issue for us. that's why i wasn't so concerned about that. you are right, actually a lot of different closures are now used with wines. >> do you want to speak closer to the mic? >> okay. is that better? just an introduction about the store, we have one in marin and berkeley. we are a specialty grocery store. we sell food, wine and cook ware. we've been in business for 14 years in the bay area and looking for two 2 years for a new location and excited about opening up. we've had a number of people come by. when we've been there, we
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dropped off a sink and people were asking when we were opening. we are excited about that. some additional things too about what we've done reaching out with the community before hand, too. >> hi. so i have reached out to supervisor mar's office. when we looked at clemente street i wanted to see what the neighborhood was like. i spoke to the police department and victor lam was in supervisor mar's office and i have gained their support and synthesis -- cynthia with the clemente street association and she was delighted to have us in the neighborhood and part of the association as well. and, we also just donated some nice items to the wine on the west side event that was held last month. we gave a nice -- things. we
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are excited to be in the neighborhood. >> great, thank you. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. okay. a motion to approve and second and we'll take that without objection. welcome to the neighborhood. item no. 4. city clerk: [liquor license transfer - 705 columbus avenue] hearing to consider that the transfer of a type 21 off-sale general license from 500 laguna street to 705 columbus avenue (district 3), to carrie peters, for red fangs, llc, dba rialto mercato, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of san francisco. city clerk: sf 41234 >> thank you, this next one that you have before you a pcn report for rialto mercado located at 705 columbus avenue. they have applied for a 21 off
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sale general license and to sell beer and wine. there are no letters of protest and no letters of support recorded with abc. they are located in plot 120 which is not considered a high crime area. they are located in census tract 0107 considered a high concentration. alu approves with the following recommendations. sales of alcoholic beverage shall be permitted from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. loitering standing about or aimlessly is prohibited under the control of the licensee as depicted on the 527 form. no one under the age of 21
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shall sell alcoholic beverages. more than 200 milliliters is prohibited. powder alcohol is prohibited. no wine shall be sold with alcohol content of greater than 15% by volume which is dinner wine. wines shall not be sold in bottles or containers more than 375 milliliters. >>supervisor john avalos: any questions? >>supervisor julie christensen: again, we can talk to the project sponsor, what happens if we strike cork? >> i can't answer that. we can't alter those conditions at this point but they can apply for
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modification of that condition. >> we should hear from the project sponsor. >> deputy city attorney john gibner. the state is ultimately that imposes the conditions on the license. the board of supervisors in your resolution can make recommendations to the state about what types of conditions will be imposed. the police department separately makes recommendation to the state and typically in these situations, the board's resolution mirrors the police's recommendations for obvious reasons. but whether or not you mention cork in the resolution you send forward, ultimately the state is going to have the authority to make that choice. >>supervisor john avalos: okay. is the project sponsor
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available? >> hello. it's actually not an issue about the cork because i'm planning to make a crated wine. there are wines that are not there for logical reasons. particularly white wines that don't need to be aged. farewell with a little cap and protects it from the bacteria of cork which is an endangered species. however, keeping that in mind, i will certainly comply with the cork issue and the 15% is not an issue for me. the store will also contain an
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italian pantry. i have owned a market for years and i know what is good food and wine. i plan to open that up to the public along with books i feel people should read and a couple of paintings. it will be a little bit of an -- we received a lot of feedback, not only from my customers but people from the street who finally have a place that we can grab that pasta, that good bottle of wine. thank you. >>supervisor john avalos: thank you very much. supervisor christensen? >>supervisor julie christensen: we did reach out to some of the neighborhoods folks. so we have in our possession letters of support from the north beach business association and from the telegraph hill dwellers, group that usually oh pine on these issues
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and they have indicated their support. we have not found any other objection. i would like to move to approve. >>supervisor john avalos: okay. i think we need to close public comment. we have a member of the public? mr. yip? public speaker: the liquor store. orange juice also. that's pretty good. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. a motion by supervisor christensen and i will second and we'll take that without objection. next item. city clerk: [hearing - city coordination of services regarding problem residential and commercial properties] sponsor: avalos hearing to assess the level and efficacy of city agency coordination to address persistently blighted residential and commercial properties, residential and commercial properties that operate unpermitted businesses and/or harbor illegal activity, and the city's progress to permanently
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close illegal gambling locations along neighborhood commercial corridors in district 11; and requesting the department of building inspection, the city attorney, the district attorney, the police department, public works, and the planning department to report. ity clerk: sf 51234 >>supervisor john avalos: very good. thank you very much. this is a hearing that i have called and have been in the works for a number of months specifically around the conditions in district 11 and blighted properties throughout the neighborhood and the mission corridor and vacant store fronts that have been places where some crime has been concentrated and that's been very difficult to uproot despite the efforts of community and working closely with law enforcement and code enforcement departments. today is really a chance to hear what is the work that is being done. i don't think we can get into specific cases necessarily but we can get a sense of what types of activities are being conducted. how successful these efforts
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are and what is the role that the public can play as well in supporting the efforts of the city departments and what makes some of the cases very very difficult to uproot and expiration of these issues. it's been very very troubling that the supervisor for this district to see how challenging it is to uproot these issues affecting our neighborhoods. and it's also very troubling to see how a lot of the rest of san francisco seems to be changing dramatically before our very eyes. we have neighborhoods that are seeing incredible development, incredible changes and new buildings being constructed. it seems like we are being left behind in district 11. to me, as a city, it's important to understand how development happening elsewhere in san francisco creates disparities in neighborhoods
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where that development isn't happening. we have a responsibility to see how our resources of the entire city can be mobilized around places. and greater coordinatation among the departments and dollars that will play on the role of attracting new businesses to making improvements there and we can tease out these issues as we close the hearing at the end of this hearing today. so, first up i want to invite deputy city attorney victoria weatherford who has joined our neighborhood efforts and in the past year has been very very effective working closely with the police department and neighborhoods to look at blighted properties and been helping in this effort.
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she'll give an overview of the work being done by this department and the roll of enforcement. ms. weatherford? >> thank you, supervisor avalos. my name is victoria weatherford with the city attorney's office. i'm here to describe the city attorney's office and our code enforcement team and the work we do citywide. i'm also here to obviously talk about my work and the ingleside police district and including district 11 and give recent examples with successes to give the public hope and the type of evidence that is needed to bring a case and as well as more education about code enforcement in general and also here to answer questions and i'm also here to listen to public comment. i see there is a lot of people here. i want to let members of the public to know that i am here to listen
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to their concerns even though i may not be able to talk about anything because there may be an investigation going on. i am here to listen and will take your comments and concerns back to our office and do some investigation if necessary and referral. so, the city attorney's office for members of the public who don't know who we are. we are the lawyers for the city and county of san francisco are between advice lawyers and for the board of supervisors and the city and we have litigators for the city. i'm with the code enforcement team. we are seven lawyers assigned by police district in the city. i'm assigned to mostly district 11 and 7, 8, 9 and 10. we have a supervisor and two
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paralegal assistants and we bring cases on behalf of the city and sometimes on behalf of the state of california for violation of codes and unlawful practices and violations of law. we receive referrals from city agencies and cases brought to us from the police department and occasionally the fire department. i want to let the members of our community know that since we are community base, we have a hotline. 415-554. 3977. if you have any code enforcement or concerns about specific properties, you can call our hotline and we have para legals to help with that. >>supervisor john avalos: can you give examples of what can be calls that can be made on the hotline? >> certainly. i realize there is a lot
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of agencies involved in various code issues and it maybe confusing for the public to know. that's why we have our hot lines. it can be anything from a vacant or abandoned building or storefront, any other kind of code enforcement concerns. i'm going to give examples later on. but any concerns, if it ends up not being a code enforcement issue, i will give the right referral. >> if someone calls 911 will that have the same effect? >> that comes to us as well. three 311 will get routed to the building department. >> the no. 415-554-3977. our office investigates public
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nuisances for an entire neighborhood and community. i want to explain this. this is usually briefly disputes between nabz. -- neighbors. if there is a problem and an issue for an entire neighborhood, then an officer may get involved to bring a civil lawsuit. we are judicious in the cases we bring and develop and focus on the worst violators and try to have the greatest impact on the public. we are conscious of our time and the city's resources are limited and expenditure of public funds. our clients who pay our bills are city agencies and ultimately city taxpayers pay for much of what we do. almost all the city is tied to
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problems in the city. for example, blighted and vacant buildings, slumlord type of situations where you don't have heat or water. we bring drug abatement and drug operations and gambling. our office also brings cases against properties for we have illegal short-term rentals and sro's and other unlawful legal practices and dumping cases as well as other types of cases. i see myself in the code district as a funnel for the district for receiving complaints and i have received from people in the hotline and from city
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supervisors and make referrals or make actions which are appropriate. since i joined the office in 2015 i have been able to foster communications and county llaboration -- collaboration with the district and the stations. so in particular i know that supervisor avalos is mostly interested in how the different city agencies work together. so, for example shortly after i came to the office, i initiated monthly code enforcement meetings for the various inspectors with the police department, fire department and then various branches the building department including housing, plumbing, electrical and the building side. the planning department, public utilities commission and mta
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and public works inspectors to have problem solving and share institutional and agency knowledge and expertise. i hold those meetings monthly. >>supervisor john avalos: you initiated those? >> yes. >> that's great. >> thank you. also our entire team has bimonthly meeting to discuss citywide problems and code enforcement. when we have those, i attend those. everyone in our team is engaging in collaboration and trying to address common problems we see as code enforcement. avalos >>supervisor john avalos: is it an example in terms of getting compliance? >> my monthly meetings that i have initiated for example has resulted in the several different agencies for example are responsible for
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addressing parking related issues which i know is a huge image in district 11. so having the different agencies understand the different roles they play. for example if someone from the department of public works gets a call for a parking related issue but it's not their jurisdiction, it's planning's jurisdiction related to an inoperable vehicle in a driveway. i held a meeting about parking related issues. that's different wherein inspectors and investigators can understand when they can call another agency to deal with the issue. what might happen is they respond to a call and see that it's not really a public works issue but they might not know it's a planning issue instead and they can reach out to the inspector. that is one way to educate the other city agencies in the district
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on the ground about which way to collaborate to share information. >> in terms of the work that i have done with the police department, i do a monthly ride along to discuss problem properties and to foster collaboration open communication with the police. i have gone to all four ingleside lineups at the different times throughout the day to do lineup training. to introduce myself, explain code enforcement, explain to the officers in the patrol cars when they should send me e-mails to pick up the phone when they might see code related issues and when we go to lineups on a friday or saturday night. i might get leads from officers from all properties
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they encounter day and night. i become aware of these properties. i have also done training at the police academies about code enforcement. we perform this training for all classes. so the graduates have a basic understanding of what code enforcement is and when they might want to reach out to the code enforcement officer or captain or designated deputy city attorney for a problem they see that they don't know how to otherwise solve. we also my team has an annual meeting with the various police station investigation team lieutenants to educate them about working with our team. we had one last summer and have those on an on going bases. i spend so much time with the police on code issues that all the officers have come to know me and know that
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i'm a resource to them and knowing how to write a good incident report. also, i educate them so they know when to flag cases and reports to the captain. i see myself as a funnel to the police or city agencies. in terms of the work i have done in the community with public education and outreach, i have joined the community police advisory board. i'm the first recent deputy city attorney in the district to do so. i attend the monthly meetings and respond to concerns district wide. i also attend council meetings and attend public safety and other community meetings to address concerns in the district and provide education to the public about code enforcement and again when they should call our hotline and send e-mails. i
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also educate neighborhood watch groups put together and speak at the citywide meetings for community leaders and group captain and other community groups on request. again, education about code enforcement and how we can be a resource in the community and when to reach out to us when they see problems in the neighborhood. one of the things i did that is relevant to this hearing is i went on a quarter walk on mission street with the director of excelsior access group and the residents association with captain and ingleside station and the mayor's office to see and talk about some of these problem properties optimization street corridor. as a result, as the quarter walks i did i made multiple referrals to the department about the vacant
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buildings and about some transparency violations. i also made a referral to the public works department regarding a blighted vacant lot which was eventually cleaned up by the property owner. >>supervisor john avalos: we are we familiar with that site unfortunately. >> in that case there was a violation from the public works department. then the owner came in and i reached out to the new owner and connected them with public works and they cleaned up a lot. >> that's great. >> as a result of the quarter walk i did convinced property owner for commercial business on mission and wolf to install a fence where drug sales were going on in the back of the property. and also the residents were
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upset about a gambling sign was up and they reached out to the property owners and got that taken down. that is just a few examples of some concrete actions that resulted from the quarter walk which i think are relevant for this hearing. for the non-police cases that i do, kind of the regular code enforcement type cases for blighted properties or other kinds of non-criminal cases. i receive complaints from a variety of sources. what happens when i receive a complaint from the member of the community or from anyone is i or one of my para legals look up the property and determine if there is a code violation. where is the team of para
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legals. i don't know if there is a violation. we make referrals to the city agencies to inspect and occasionally we conduct a mobile task enforcement to investigate with the police department and fire department and animal control to do top to bottom inspection of a property where i believe there is multiple code violations present where the fire department would benefit from seeing the property at once or where the owner has denied inspectors access where there have been made complaints and unable to determine if there is a violation. in cases where property owners are not cooperative we can obtain from the court to allow city inspectors to inspect the property to determine if there are any code violations.
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the city agency planning and public health they are responsible for responding to complaints as specified in their codes and for issuing citations and notices of violations as they see violations happen. most of the time this works and the city agencies are the ones to work with property owners to bring the properties up to code or fix the problem. if the owner is not responsible it's up to the city agency to complete the administrative process for the administrative code that applies to them to direct a hearing in the final order. each agency decides which cases to refer to the city attorney's office for review and possible litigation. and when i do receive a referral from the city agency for possible litigation, i review the evidence and i have to make a decision about what the best course of action is. our office and i try to resolve most of our cases without litigation because litigation is expensive.
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again, we are dealing with public dollars and it's also time consuming. the responses that when i get involved, is sending letters to the owners and with interested members of the community to try to resolve the issue informally and get a task force investigation or filing a lawsuit when necessary. i want to list different examples on properties and what the situations were there. for example in district 9, i know it's not district 11, but i have the angle. i received a complaint from the fire department where a squatter was living in a home where there were two fires and he burned down the back of the house. and, the owner of the house was
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in a messy situation and had no money and until i got the referral and got involved basically not doing anything about it. i convinced her to hire an attorney to evict the squatter and secure the home and she was able to get through probate and sell the house. >>supervisor john avalos: in that case the owner was not occupying the property. >> the owner was not occupying the property. it was occupied by a squatter. and in the district there was a nuisance home that i almost identified as a focus as a community concern and longstanding code violations and nuisance problems caused by the 11, 12,
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13 residents of the properties. in early march i got a call about the neighborhood association near the properties and how to better document the negative impact the property was having on their lives with the police department and for me and for my office. they did that. they got organized and i began receiving monthly reports from them and i got reports from the police. >> i got together with the neighborhood group a month after and it was impressive to see how well coordinated they were after your meeting. >> very impressive. i was amazed for the work they did and made a difference for me and police when they respond when neighbors are calling the police instead of sitting back and feeling like the situation is out of their hands. i believe it does a very good
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job of organizing neighborhood groups and i support the work they do in helping the neighbors feel empowered and become empowered to solve problems in the neighborhood. and in may i convened a task force with the property with the electrical and planning and fire department and police department all present. as a result of the inspection we performed multiple notices of violations from different city agencies were issued. shortly after i received a litigation bill and also after concerns from neighborhoods who spoke at public comment in a litigation hearing as well. again showing concern for the neighbors had a big impact. i received a referral for litigation. i sent the owner a final demand letter and at the same time the department of public health as a result of the inspection they issued a direct
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order and there was 11 people living there without any water to flush the toilets, shower, anything. this is a case where the code enforcement works without issuing the order to vacate and the inspection from the city, the owner was convinced to sell the property when he did not want to do so for a very long time and he found someone to buy it and all the people who used to live there are gone. the new property owner pulled permits and intends to renovate and sell the house. as a new owner, i brought him to my office and he will meet the timeline for the code violations. it's something i feel very good
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about. >> that property it's been for years, 4, 5, 6 years it's been a real property. to get that property turned to the light of day is going to be a huge difference on that block. >> it is. the neighbors had a block party in september after they moved out of the house. i was so glad to get e-mails from the neighbors saying they feel safe on the street. >> congratulations on that. >> we try to solve most of our cases without litigation. i like to talk about the police cases we do. our police cases are also referrals like any other city agency, the city relies on the police department
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to bring us cases for possible litigation. captain speaks to why and when. most of our police cases involve chronic criminal activity which is in the same situation. we have state laws we use as a drug abatement act which is used to store and manufacture or sell drugs. a drug abatement act where there is gambling taking place and also prostitution and we bring from these properties unlawful business practices as well. these cases are where drugs
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and illegal gambling and we brought a case against a graffiti tagger and the damage she has caused the city. i want to say that multiple city departments have a role and say in these issues. we have a role in litigation in some criminal activity directed to conductor activity that creates a public nuisance. we aggressively pursue cases to the fullest of our ability and constantly looking to find ways to address these criminal problems. for example, in a way to show our cases are cutting edge, the california supreme court ruled that affirmed the position we had taken and
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argued shutting down an establishment. what we often see from cases that are brought to the police department is a ripple effect. where one lawsuit has a broader impact of crime in the area. i will talk about a couple cases where we have seen a ripple effect in an a little bit. specifically talking about gambling and drug cases where i know the gambling checks and the concern and the contact with the captain and investigations team and patrol officers about the gambling establishment and the illegal night clubs on mission street and the district. the city attorney's office brings lawsuit against some of these properties to shut them down where there are magnets of crime. usually these places have been raided and reopened. we also go after the owners of the operators of the illegal operations as well as the property owners.
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the state laws that i mentioned earlier give us several tools to accomplish these goals including penalties and fines. so we get money. we are able to close the premises. and we seek permanent injunctive release that puts the court order under a microscope and forces them to implement the changes in the way they run their businesses such as requiring them to have security guards on premises, security cameras, force them to install lighting and allow police entry on demand and seeing any illegal conduct for any code violations. the police department id the property of concern and when we get a case from the police department we review the evidence and determine the best course of action. we see if there is
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enough for a filing not only of a lawsuit but to get a preliminary injunction to shut it down. where there is crime. for the drug abatement, they need from the premises to establish that there is drug abatement and gambling for the cases. >>supervisor john avalos: for drugs, do you have to be able to show that if people actually have a tie to that site rather than just business site to help a case. >> both the drug abatement and red light abatement status are for places that harbor. it's the director of the lawsuit. all the cases are tied to a property. so evidence that we get in a drug
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abatement case might be a liquor store where the owner of the liquor store is selling drugs. that would be the type of properties. i have seen these type of cases. building a case takes a lot of time. these places if you are not able to shut them down and get the owners and operators, it's like playing racquetball. they will open up somewhere else and you are back at square one. we try to get the operators of the businesses to hopefully shut them down in the longer term. >> is it possible, is it common for the actual property owners not beware that this is going on within their
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properties that there is illegal gambling or illegal activities happening under their properties? >> under the red light drug abatement act, it's a statute and doesn't matter if the property owners don't know. for surprises of our cases it doesn't matter. for purpose of building a stronger case for penalties, obviously showing knowledge is always good when you are trying to get a higher penalty against somebody. >> do you get a sense there is coordination between different gambling sites that they are aware of their existence? >> i think that's a question for the police. in the meantime where these crimes are
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happening >>council day in day out. where there are weapons and gambling machines and repeated vandalism. i want to say from what we see and the sheer volume of evidence that we get from the police department, the police are arresting these people and providing ugg with the evidence that will help bring a case. i would like to talk about a couple specific examples of gambling in establishments and the amount of evidence we have and use in order to bring our civil cases. the first one is you are well aware is net stop on mission and excess excelsior and we shut it down
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and obtained penalties against the operators. in that case we had undercover playing the gambling machines and cashing out and we had video and evidence of that. there is also documentation of these elements at this property. before the cafe opened there were two calls for service from the police. when i say calls for serving i mean people calling 911 or the non-emergency number to the police department to report any crime that's going on or any kind of suspicious activity to the police. there were 200 calls for service. >> can you say what the difference was? >> two to 202. it quickly became a magnet for members of the community that were very concerned about the goings on
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at that place. we reviewed 45 incident reports from the police department which were tied to the property. an incident report is a written documented event basically when the police respond to something. not all calls result in incident reports. of those 45, 18 resulted for crimes such as drug possession, stabbing and multiple warrant arrest. we had as a result of calls from the community extensive documentation of the police department of the criminal activity attracted to this establishment. after we shut it down, this lawsuit had a ripple cafe. the cyber cafe shutdown as a result and a lot of open to the public illegal cafes went underground and that's what we are dealing with now. >> some of them working
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concurrently with the above the ground establishments like net is stop. it has moved into it. >> there is no longer open to the public cafe. >> one thing reported to me on the city business is that people seem to be cashing out right now but not necessarily gambling on site. is that something that is? >> when i did my quarter walk it was briefed to me. i believe that is a police issue. but that was raised to me as a concern that is going on there. i am aware of that concern. >> there is nothing legal about that. if you gamble you can cash out. that's still a violation of state law? >> i don't know if it would be a violation of the -- i haven't
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looked into that. to what extent they documented that. the lawsuit we filed in february for gambling on stak streets is in litigation right now. this is a property close to the public. it was shutdown. before we sued in february there were three entries by sf p.d. with multiple gambling machines being seized where they opened their business again. so again, this is a case where this place had been shutdown by police multiple times before they reopened. to bring a review from the police department which were tied to the property. 22 results in arrest and
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citation by the police department for stolen cars and we received a -- which was granted and they were required to install cameras. the volume of incident reports which are generated by the community and after we filed our lawsuit and after the gambling establishment closed, i received multiple e-mails from neighbors telling me they noticed a decrease of crime in their corner and in the pocket of mission street. for supervisor christensen, i know you are not in district 11. i wanted to mention something
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related to police cases involving your district. my colleague joe canon has the police district which is almost all of your district. she sued club suede which is a bar now but at the time it was operating as an illegal nightclub and magnet for a whole host of illegal drugs and there was even a murder on site and it was operating illegal as a nightclub and she sued and obtained a permanent injunction banning the owners from operating as a nightclub ever and as a result i know she received tons of e-mails from neighbors who were thrilled about that result. i would also like to talk about other cases. one is the gang injunctions that i mentioned. we work with the gang task force which is citywide and the gang
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members we court order safety zones where turf base criminal street gangs are prohibited from engaging in conduct such as weapons or drugs and other conduct. these in junctions have been very successful in a way for citizens and people to take back the streets from criminals and return them to the community. we have a gang injunction taking place. we have also worked with the dedicated graffiti officer herrera to bring a lawsuit under supervisor breed's new legislation to bring criminal and have defaced public and private property and multiple murals and vehicles and store fronts as well as city property including muni buses. for this case that was brought to us from the
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police department, this particular young woman had been caught in the act twice, once by the police department which resulted in her arrest in 2012 and once there was a citizens arrested in sf p.d. citation in 2013. since that time she began to vandalize property all over the city until we sued her in august. in building that case we had over 50 separated documented incidents of her graffiti identified by officer herrera. >> how many? >> over 50 including part of a hoerndous bombing. and private property throughout the city. we also had in the police department has extensive investigation into her social media accounts to
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document her graffiti which was almost a full account like flicker and instagram and bringing that case and preliminary injunction against her required extensive collaboration not only the police department but public works and city property and mta and private property owners who have been victimized by her. that case is pending. we object -- obtained a preliminary injunction and banning her from the community and recommended her to a place of worship. taggers tag in groups stopped tagging as well. that case again is
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pending. that is kind of the universe of the type of code enforcement we bring with the various agencies and the police department. i want to reiterate for the members of the public here that our office shares the frustration and they can see us as a resource and funnel for reporting these issues. for criminal problems, the public needs to call the police department for 911 or the other number. for other issues, i recommend calling 311 and the hotline. no city agency can fix a problem if they don't know about it. >>supervisor john avalos: thank
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you and thank you for your very comprehensive overview of your work and i appreciate the examples you have given and the progress we've made on some of the properties in the district. as a supervisor and legislator, that part of the enforcement or the executive part of the city, i'm always wanting to figure out what it is i can do to help. are there ways that when you come to do your monthly meetings, are there ideas that come forward about particular policies that could help code enforcement people people to do their work to add tools and teeth to your effort. >> both police and non-police
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cases that we bring, the city, our office, and the city agencies can't do anything about a problem if we don't know about it. the criminal establishment, the shacks, the drug houses. to report to the police department and that documents to the police departments to try to respond and we are using the service to generate from that and we bring against cases civiley. i know supervisor wiener is working on harmonizing different city codes and that will be a very useful endeavor. >>supervisor john avalos: i can check with his office what they are working on for that. but he's getting informed by you and other people in the city
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attorney's office based on your experience? >> yes, i believe so. i'm not involved in that project, in that effort but it is my understanding there is some concern that the various municipal codes related to the different agencies don't lineup and it would be more helpful if they did. >> great thank you. thank you for your presentation and your service and we'll go on to captain mcfadden and talk about his work in district 11 ingleside. >> welcome.
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>> thank you for sharing this. there is 27 in ingleside district community service groups that we have especially along the mission corridor. it's the second geographically police district in the city. along the mission corridor and adjacent streets like ocean avenue is where we see some of these gambling establishments, illegal night clubs and illegal or nuisance homes or residence that pop up. most of them are store fronts. i want to thank both from the community and the police department city attorney's office for all the help they have done. we appreciate the work because without them, i don't think these places would be getting shutdown at the rate we are having. most of the times i find out about these spots through several sources. most of the times is through
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the communities and residents where people see them coming and going and they will complain to me and let me know about these. the other things i find out is at our neighborhood walks. when we do these neighborhood walks we start at the top of the district and walk all the way down to district nine through 11. in fact, one of them that we just shutdown which was an illegal liquor sales establishment on the 3400-block of mission, we found out primarily through a resident who met us on the street and we talked about it and listened to it. the first thing is i start digging information. i ask my patrol officers and plainclothes team what they know about their district and a specific location. i immediately send it out to my undercover sarnl -- sergeant
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and he gives me any information he might have including store robberies and things that happen late at night. we have to establish some probable cause to get a criminal warrant. if we can't get a criminal warrant, there are other agencies we work with. we work with abc that we were able to get through that door. it takes a long time and a lot of surveillance, but it's a prolonged effect but once we do it, we do it right and if the district attorney's are going to follow up on it and we find out a lot about these things through e-mails and 311s. when we start seeing some effect in the neighborhoods, we basically compile all the police reports and i start to look
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at different things that happen there. even along when you read the reports in the morning on a daily basis you find out about robberies and assaults that happened. my officers are instructed to ask the victims of these robberies, of these assaults where they were before or going to. a lot of times they are associated with these establishments because they might be walking out with money or there might be narcotics involved and that's why they were robbed or assaulted after the fact. they were in the street walking down mission street and they get robbed. it can happen at 2 or 3:00 a.m.. once we establish they are coming from one of these places i immediately notify district attorney's office about it because archie wong from the d. a.'s office is assigned to our district and when we start to build a case i
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immediately notify the city attorney's office and in this case ms. weather ford. we have a format which we follow now. for example the one on 3400 mission, there was 22 different police reports from that establishment. we are hoping we don't need from each one of these 22 different reports but you heard where it can be 202 reports from different locations. any officer, anyone on patrol for 5 minutes knows, but most of the time i go to my veterans office and they know of the establishments for a while and we can move forward. documentation to keep a chronological report to try to compile the reports. the 311 calls, at -- e-mails
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and i have files on each one of them. what i have found as being the captain there is that it appears that you would ask about whether the property owners are involved in these establishments or not. not all of them can i say the property owners know, but i feel there is some nexus to them. what i believe is the hierarchy of it is they have a so to speak, a captain of these illegal gambling establishments. they might run two or three or four and we know some people that we've identified that we believe are running two or three of these illegal gambling establishments. once you hit one it is that domino effect that once you hit one, they all shutdown for a while. what we have to look for is that they are not going to be so transient and move to another
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location. because of these illegal store fronts they had, they had cellphone shops, dress shops, these different ones where there is no legitimate business in there and it takes time to is you are #2ksh -- is you is and surveillance and not know what's going on there. we have our real bosses and we'll see them on -- yelp. then we try to surveillance on them and i let the city attorney know what we are doing and we have to keep them clandestine until we make a raid -- on
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it so to speak before we can get to the door. it's tough to get that nexus to go right in. we might get a complaint and we can't kick through the door. we have to have a warrant through the city attorney's office. the city attorney's office has been instrumental because they use all the other agencies with dbi and then it talks all of this to compile together before raiding it. when i first came in there was someplace that took from 4-8 years to close down. we are doing it in a matter of months. we have been very successful around the districts doing that. >>supervisor john avalos:
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captain, do you see the enforcement is really about the success is going to be shutting the places down or is it the more structural things to shutting it down. >> there is so many of them and i believe your solution as you said before is something about bringing legitimate businesses into the neighborhood. once you have those businesses in. there is so many along the mission corridor. it's so easy to go to a property owner to say we would like to rent your place for $10,000 a month and they are going to say sure. they don't care what goes on in there. they can shutdown and move their operation overnight. they are pretty easy to identify mostly based
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on my merchants and residents that see it everyday. i walk every night and go by the locations when i get a complaint. during the day you are not going to see any activity at these places. it's stuff that happens at night. that's when i go to my patrol officers and my under covers to try to gather whatever they can. what we find a lot of the times is stolen cars, gang activity, things directly related to whatever specific address we are looking at. it is a long process, but it's something where we do shut them down and we do raid them, we want to shut them down permanently so they never open again. it's tough to get them because of the surveillance and the body guards they have. they have a very intricate system and they are getting smarter at and


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